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Blood Red Horse by K.M. Grant
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bookshelves: children-historical
Recommended for: 6th-9th-grades
Read in July, 2007

William and Gavin de Granville are adolescent brothers who live in Hartslove castle in England. Destined for knighthood, they both love riding horses and have natural competition between them. When William, the younger of the two, finally gets the chance to choose a Great Horse—a horse used in battle (Gavin already has one named Montlouis)—he ends up choosing a beautiful smaller horse instead. Everyone is shocked by this decision, as William has wanted a proper battle horse forever. However, Hosanna, as this horse is named, is not quite the typical horse and everyone begins to feel a special bond with him.

Soon, William, Gavin, and their father Sir Thomas must leave behind sweet and mischievous Ellie (who is to marry Gavin when they’re older yet gets along better with William) to join King Richard I on the Third Crusade. They battle the Muslim leader Saladin and one of his young emirs named Kamil. Kamil manages to steal the magnificent Hosanna because he is so beautiful and renames him Red Horse. Later Kamil realizes that Hosanna isn’t the typical horse (just as William had realized).

Blood Red Horse is the first book in the de Granville Trilogy. The author shows the reader how futile war is as she shows us the parallel lives of the de Granville boys and Kamil. The unique link between them all is Hosanna, the Blood Red Horse.
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